The Jonas Brothers got candid about bullying as they were honoured at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night.
Nick, Kevin, and Joe nabbed the Decade Award and was named Choice Summer Group.
Taking the stage to thank their fans, Kevin recalled how he was bullied in school for having a particular hairdo.
The father of two explained of his first acting job: “They hired me because they liked my frosted tips. The same haircut that got me called ‘piss head’ is what started my actual career, and it’s also the reason I’m standing on this stage, receiving this award today.”
Nick also revealed how he was bullied by his teachers, recalling one incident on his birthday.
He told the crowd, “My teachers yelled at me, ‘Stop drawing attention to yourself.’ And I had enough self-doubt as it was, I didn’t need to be told how little I really was. But if I had stopped what I was doing that moment… I wouldn’t be here today, receiving this award.”
Kevin added, “The reason we’re telling you these stories is because the first award we ever won was a Teen Choice Award.”
Nick continued, “I think for all of us, the thing that’s most important is that we share with you that those things that you feel like you’re singled out about, that you’re bullied about, that define you in your teen years, can become the thing that make you special. It’s your gift. It’s your power.”
Joe then wrapped things up, insisting: “Embrace those things.”